Anthony Muñoz, the Bengals' 1980 first round pick and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
Anthony Muñoz, the Bengals' 1980 first round pick and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

The Cincinnati Bengals are a National Football League (NFL) franchise founded as an expansion team of the American Football League in 1968. They joined the National Football League as a result of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger. The Bengals' first draft selection was Bob Johnson, a center from the University of Tennessee. The team's most recent first-round selection was Daxton Hill, a defensive back from the University of Michigan. The Bengals have selected the number one overall pick in the draft four times. They have also selected the second overall pick two times and the third overall pick four times. The team's four selections from the University of Alabama are the most chosen by the Bengals from one university. The Bengals have used a first round pick on a Heisman Trophy winner three times, Archie Griffin, Carson Palmer, and Joe Burrow.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

Key

B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
^ Player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* First overall selection
Player selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career
Year Year selected
Pick Pick within first round
Position Position of the player
College Attended college

Player selections

Two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin was one of the Bengals' first round picks in 1976
Two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin was one of the Bengals' first round picks in 1976
Carson Palmer was the first overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft
Carson Palmer was the first overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft
A.J. Green was the Bengals' first round pick in 2011
A.J. Green was the Bengals' first round pick in 2011
Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1968 2 Bob Johnson C Tennessee [1]
1969 5 Greg Cook QB Cincinnati [2]
1970 7 Mike Reid DT Penn State [3]
1971 15 Vernon Holland T Tennessee State
1972 2 Sherman White DE California
1973 15 Isaac Curtis WR San Diego State [4]
1974 23 Bill Kollar DE Montana State
1975 14 Glenn Cameron DE Florida
1976 11 Billy Brooks WR Oklahoma
24 Archie Griffin RB Ohio State [5]
1977 3 Eddie Edwards DE Miami(FL)
8 Wilson Whitley DT Houston
22 Mike Cobb TE Michigan State
1978 8 Ross Browner DE Notre Dame
16 Blair Bush C Washington
1979 3 Jack Thompson QB Washington State
12 Charles Alexander RB Louisiana State
1980 3 Anthony Muñoz^ T USC [6]
1981 10 David Verser WR Kansas
1982 26 Glen Collins DE Mississippi State
1983 25 Dave Rimington C Nebraska [7]
1984 7 Ricky Hunley LB Arizona [8]
16 Pete Koch NT Maryland
28 Brian Blados T North Carolina
1985 13 Eddie Brown WR Miami(FL) [9]
25 Emanuel King LB Alabama
1986 11 Joe Kelly LB Washington
21 Tim McGee WR Tennessee
1987 17 Jason Buck DL BYU
1988 5 Rickey Dixon DB Oklahoma
1989 No Pick [10]
1990 12 James Francis LB Baylor
1991 18 Alfred Williams DE Colorado [11]
1992 6 David Klingler QB Houston
28 Darryl Williams DB Miami(FL)
1993 5 John Copeland DE Alabama
1994 1 Dan Wilkinson* DT Ohio State
1995 1 Ki-Jana Carter* RB Penn State
1996 10 Willie Anderson T Auburn [12]
1997 14 Reinard Wilson LB Florida State
1998 13 Takeo Spikes LB Auburn [13]
17 Brian Simmons LB North Carolina
1999 3 Akili Smith QB Oregon
2000 4 Peter Warrick WR Florida State
2001 4 Justin Smith DE Missouri [14]
2002 10 Levi Jones T Arizona
2003 1 Carson Palmer* QB USC [15]
2004 26 Chris Perry RB Michigan [16]
2005 17 David Pollack LB Georgia [17]
2006 24 Johnathan Joseph DB South Carolina [18]
2007 18 Leon Hall DB Michigan
2008 9 Keith Rivers LB USC
2009 6 Andre Smith T Alabama
2010 21 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma [19]
2011 4 A. J. Green WR Georgia [20]
2012 17 Dre Kirkpatrick DB Alabama
27 Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
2013 21 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame [21]
2014 24 Darqueze Dennard DB Michigan State [22]
2015 21 Cedric Ogbuehi T Texas A&M
2016 24 William Jackson III DB Houston
2017 9 John Ross WR Washington
2018 21 Billy Price C Ohio State
2019 11 Jonah Williams T Alabama
2020 1 Joe Burrow* QB LSU [23]
2021 5 Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU
2022 31 Daxton Hill DB Michigan

Footnotes

  1. ^ AFL All-Star, #54 retired by Bengals.
  2. ^ AFL Rookie of the Year
  3. ^ 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time All-Pro.
  4. ^ 4-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro
  5. ^ 2-time Heisman Trophy winner
  6. ^ 11-time Pro Bowler, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
  7. ^ 2-time Outland Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner
  8. ^ College Football Hall of Fame inductee
  9. ^ 1-time Pro Bowler
  10. ^ The Bengals traded their first-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons
  11. ^ 1-time Pro Bowler
  12. ^ 4-time Pro Bowler
  13. ^ 2-time Pro Bowler
  14. ^ 5-time Pro Bowler
  15. ^ 2-time Pro Bowler, Heisman Trophy winner
  16. ^ Doak Walker Award winner
  17. ^ Chuck Bednarik Award winner, Lott Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner, 2-time Ted Hendricks Award winner
  18. ^ 2-time Pro Bowler
  19. ^ 2-time Pro Bowler
  20. ^ 7-time Pro Bowler
  21. ^ 1-time Pro Bowler
  22. ^ Jim Thorpe Award winner
  23. ^ Heisman Trophy winner

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